Ask Dr. B Episode 18: Sciatica Pain Relief

Acute Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment

By Dr. Erin Boynton, MD, FRCS

If you have ever herniated a lumbar disc, then you know what pain is! Sciatica, that hot poker shooting down your leg is like hopefully nothing else you have ever experienced.

Back pain and pain associated with herniated lumbar discs is one of the most debilitating musculoskeletal problems in the world today.

In this episode, you’ll find out what you can do to manage the pain during the acute phase, determine if you need surgery and what you can do to prevent this painful problem from recurring.

Previous Episodes:

Ep 14: Anterior Knee Pain: What’s Causing It and How to Stop It

Ep 15: Shoulder Pain & Injuries – Q&A (Part 1)

Ep 16: Shoulder Pain & Injuries – Q&A (Part 2)

Ep 17: Finding the ONE “Magical” Exercise to Fix My Issue?

About the Author

Dr. Erin Boynton, MD, FRCS is an orthopedic surgeon who was the team surgeon for the Toronto Blue Jays for 10 years and has worked with other professional teams and athletes from many different sports. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Director of the Rogers Cup WTA Tennis Tournament and is the ITF Canadian Champion in tennis for her age group (we won't say which group that is!).